As everyone has been talking about, including us here on Gaming Street, it’s the rise of esports and video games throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But, what has attracted less attention through the media but more through the eSports audience is eSports betting. According to research companies 2CV and ProdegeMR, global e-sports gaming revenue will reach $ 14 billion in 2020, doubling the $ 7 billion generated in 2019. As traditional sports, along with The rest of the world came to an abrupt halt, esports and video games continued to advance, and with nothing else to gamble, people turned to esports.
Some of the most popular games to bet on include:
- NBA 2K
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)
- dota 2
- League of Legends
- World of warcraft
Among many others. Like traditional sports betting, esports betting is extremely similar. For games like FIFA and NBA 2k, it’s the same as if you were betting on traditional soccer, basketball, or any team-based sporting event, with winners, totals, fixtures, and spreads. When you bet on games like CS: GO and League of Legends, you are betting more on the number of kills in a collected game or maps, as the bets vary based on the details required for each game.
But not all betting sites or specific esports betting sites offer all the games or the best odds. Below is a list of different platforms in no particular order that provide esports betting, as the platforms have different offers based on the games and sports each individual has an interest in betting on.
SummaryAlthough 1xBet does not specialize in esports, it has earned a reputation as a solid betting platform in all categories, proving its 6 nominations among the different SBC (Sports Betting Community) awards, and even won the award as Esports Operator of the Year.
Esports offered: CS: GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, FIFA, Valorant, Rainbow Six
Associations: Natus Vincere and Cascade Esports
Summary: One of the best known betting platforms in the world, Bet365 has expanded from its UK to now operating in more than 200 countries. From its impressive coverage of popular global sports such as soccer, tennis and cricket, Bet365 has made its way into esports with a solid range of offerings to choose from.
Esports offered: Dota 2, CS: GO, League of Legends, Overwatch, PUBG, StarCraft, Hearthstone, Rainbow Six, Super Smash Bros, FIFA, World of Warcraft, Rocket League, Call of Duty
Associations: Winners.net and sports information services
Summary: What really sets Unikrn apart is that they focus solely on esports, making them one of the market leaders in the industry. In addition to traditional esports betting, Unikrn offers UMode, which allows players to bet themselves on a game against a computer controlled opponent. They also offer the opportunity to bet on streamers during a live match or event and the odds will adjust as the live game progresses.
Esports offered: CS: GO, Fortnite, League of Legends, Dota 2, Rainbow Six, Overwatch, Call of Duty, FIFA, StarCraft, Madden, Rocket League, NBA 2K, Mortal Kombat, Hearthstone
Associations: MGM Resorts International, GRID, Unicorns of Love, Kings Guard Gaming
Summary: One of the leading platforms on the market, Luckbox (TSXV: LUCK) recently went public on the TSX Venture Exchange, and is uniquely positioned to keep growing after a successful 2020 with its exclusive betting opportunities and high odds.
Esports offered: League of Legends, Fortnite, Dota 2, CS: GO, Overwatch, Rainbow Six, Call of Duty, StarCraft, Rocket League, Hearthstone
Associations: Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner, Abios, OddsMatrix, MoneyMatrix
SummaryBetway has a strong combination of the traditional bookmaker with its user-friendly platform and access to a variety of betting options with its own section dedicated to esports. Betway is one of the few platforms that shows such a strong presence in online esports with its more traditional sports betting options.
Esports offered: CS: GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, Overwatch, Hearthstone, World of Tanks, StarCraft
Associations: Ninjas en Pygamas (NiP), BIG, Invictus Gaming, PSG.LGD, beast
Summary: Offering only esports betting since 2016, GG.bet has made a name for itself in the esports gambling community. Led by its competitive CS: GO and League of Legends odds, along with over 10 other esports to bet on across different game categories, GG.bet has fully established itself as a solid platform for gamers.
Esports offered: CS: GO, League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2, StarCraft 2, Smite, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Rainbow Six, Call of Duty, Hearthstone, Halo, NBA2K, Heroes of the Storm, Vainglory, World of Tanks
Associations: Heroic, ESL, StarLadder
SummaryOperating in more than 100 different countries and 19 different languages, Pinnacle made the leap to esports in 2010, becoming one of the first global platforms to offer esports betting odds. Pinnacle, which hit 5 million in esports betting in 2017, has a proven track record of betting on esports customers.
Esports offered: CS: GO, Dota 2, King of Glory, League of Legends, Rainbow Six, Rocket League, StarCraft
Associations: Abios, GRID, GameScorekeeper, Counter-Strike: FLASHPOINT, North, FACEIT, RFRSH global offensive team
Summary: Vulkanbet has everything you need as a customer. With odds on the most popular games like CS: GO, League of Legends, and Dota 2, and the more specialized ones like Heroes of the Storm and Vainglory. Vulkanbet also has a strong live streaming area thanks to Twitch, which enables more precision and entertainment for your live in-play bets.
Esports offered: Dota 2, CS: GO, League of Legends, StarCraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Call of Duty, Smite, PUBG, Fortnite, FIFA, Rainbow Six, Arena of Valor, NBA 2K, Rocket League, Halo, Heroes of the Storm, Useless fame
Associations: Gambit Esports
Summary: While Winners.bet is still relatively new to the esports betting scene, they operate under the WIN Group, which already has several esports related sites, including Win.gg. They offer a seemingly endless list of esports to bet on via their extremely easy-to-use platform that includes pre-match and in-play live betting. A nice feature that Winners.bet also has is that you can sort the different types of bets through different tabs for each one, such as a Matches tab, a Tournaments tab, and a Winnings section.
Esports offered: Rocket League, Rainbow Six, StarCraft, CS: GO, League of Legends, King of Glory, Dota 2, Overwatch, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG, Valorant, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Smite, World of Warcraft, World Tank, Halo, FIFA, Street Fighter
SummaryMidnite, which has only been operating since November 2019, had a difficult road ahead in an already established but growing market. They have done their best to become a real competitor in the market, with a strong range of games offered and odds that meet industry standards. While they definitely still have some ground to cover, Midnite remains an intriguing option for any esports gamer.
Esports offered: Overwatch, Rainbow Six, CS: GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Valorant, Overwatch, FIFA, NBA 2K, StarCraft, Rocket League, King of Glory
Associations: Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), Relog Media
Summary: As a beginner, Rivalry might be the best bet to enter the esports betting market. It offers a low barrier to entry through a lower minimum bet and includes a Rivalry Academy section to help the consumer better understand the basics of esports betting. They also offer extensive coverage of the best games and tournaments for more experienced players.
Esports offered: CS: GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch, Call of Duty, Rainbow Six, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Brood War, FIFA, Rocket League, Halo, Heroes of the Storm, King of Glory, NBA 2K, Street Fighter, Punish, World of Warcraft, World of Tanks, Valorant
Associations: FURY, Thunder Predator, Richard Lewis